We seem to be living in a weird sort of time for games consoles, where rather than transitioning into the next generation with excitement and hype, we seem to be sliding in with partial halfway updates. Before we saw the PS4 Pro and now we have Microsoft’s like-for-like release, the Xbox One X. The XOX has taken a “go hard or go home” approach and taken the crown of the world’s most powerful console.

Microsoft says the console will allow developers to render games natively at 4K, offer high-dynamic range for more accurate colours, improve load times, and bolster frame-rates.

Initial reviews on the console seem very promising, and although there are criticisms and issues that have been noted, it appears that overall it is a pretty strong product, which a few patches will be able to improve on.

The Xbox One X has a RRP of £449 which is enough to take most people’s breath away and is significantly higher than the original’s current price point. For many though, the upgrade to native 4K will be worth it (even if they do reluctantly clench the money as they hand it over at the till).

For those that understand the tech side of things, here is the spec for the XOX:

  • CPU: x86-64 2.3GHz 8-core AMD custom CPU

  • GPU: 6 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon-based graphics clocked at 1172MHz with 40 compute units

  • Memory: 12GB GDDR5

  • Storage size: 1TB HDD

  • External dimensions: 30x24x6 cm/11.8×9.4×2.3 in

  • Weight: 8.4 lbs/3.8 kg

  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray

  • Input/Output: Power, HDMI 2.0b out, HDMI 1.4b in, three USB 3.0 ports, IR out, S/PDIF, gigabit Ethernet

  • Networking: IEEE 802.11ac dual band (5GHz and 2.4Ghz), 2×2 wireless Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct

  • Power consumption: 245W

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